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My 1991 chevy cavalier is stalling and going dead. When i restart it black smoke comes out of the tailpipe. I also have a leak in my radiator hose,i think... there is a leak where the water comes out.

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If its a four cylinder engine check your coolant temperature sensor. not the sending unit. cause that operates your temperature gauge.

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